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Our continuing success means you’ll have the opportunity to work with the best businesses in every sector. From influential multinationals to innovative start-ups to the biggest household names in every area: financial services to manufacturing, real estate to pharmaceutical, media to energy.
An example of our work with a top global brewer. Part of the audit involves gaining an in depth knowledge of processes, including product manufacture and verifying stock. Which means we’re learning, and seeing first hand, how their beer makes it to bars and restaurants throughout the world.
Embedding a culture of innovation, to improve how we serve our clients and train our people, is a priority here. We’re innovating in many different ways. As well as exploring big-ticket items, such as cognitive technologies, it’s vital for us to identify quick wins: those opportunities to improve basic processes via automation, gathering new ideas from our people ‘on the ground’. All of this means you’ll be empowered to innovate from day one; you can change how thousands of us work.
You’ll have many opportunities to make an impact for wider society, as well as for your clients and your career. In Audit & Assurance, you’ll be actively encouraged to get involved in our charity work with DePaul UK, and with supporting schools in under privileged areas. Through our Pro Bono Programme, you can also apply for funding for projects for a charity or social enterprise of your choice.
What do our people say?
As a newbie, do you get much help or do you just get on with it?
I always feel supported with my work and I have never felt like there wasn’t anyone there helping me. Our managers know what it’s like to be new and unsure about the work, so they want to support you and help you learn as much as they can.
Everyone is always more than happy to answer my questions; in fact they encourage me to ask. I definitely feel like I can always ask anything, whenever I need to and however often I need to.
We have lots of catch ups throughout the day, to ensure I’m getting on okay with the work. These are usually via a Skype call or a quick chat. When work is assigned, the manager will sit down and explain what they need me to do in detail; this is a good time to ask even more questions!
Best and worst things about working in Audit & Assurance?
The most exciting job for me was when I worked with an aviation client in Cheltenham. They gave us a factory tour while we were there and it was really interesting to learn about the business.
This is something I would never have done if I didn’t work at Deloitte. You’ll love it here if you enjoy meeting new people, learning new things and have a business-curious mind.
Busy season is usually considered the worst part of audit. I didn’t actually know what that was! But I have endured my first busy season and you’ll be glad to know it wasn’t too bad.
What advice would you give a student considering audit?
I am a big advocate of the placement year, summer vacation and other schemes. Audit isn’t for everyone, and I think it’s invaluable to get that taster before you start. Plus the onboarding process seems easier. In the case of the placement year, I just had to do the final interview to get onto the graduate programme.
Going into my final year of university already with a graduate job was the best feeling. I could focus on my studies and enjoying my last year, while everyone around me had the added pressure of finding and applying for jobs.
What new skills have you picked up so far? Or improved on?
I have developed my confidence and ability to talk to people. This is something I’ve been able to use in my daily life, as well as at work.
How do you find the work-life balance?
Occasionally, I work from home. I find that managers are happy to let you work in an agile way. I’m a morning person, so would prefer to start earlier rather than stay later. If you communicate this to managers, they’re willing to accommodate your style of working.